What is the smallest Windows install ?

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  1. Frobi One macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    For work I need to run some simple software that is only available in Windows. I only have a 251GB SSD, so am looking to have the smallest windows install possible in Parallels.

    Anyone know that that might be ? Also any tips on things I could not install / uninstall in Windows to save space ? And maybe any tips in parallels to minimise space ?

    Thanks

    Frobi One.
     
  2. Bobby.e macrumors 6502

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    Its going to depend on the programs and how much space they take up.
     
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I'd do XP if your software allows for it. With drivers and updates you're looking at around 6GB.
     
  4. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Windows 3.1 took up about 10 to 15MB on the hard drive, but may not be very practical.
     
  5. Frobi One thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Guys,

    The software is only a few MB. But it requires flash to run, and other windows background stuff. It will run on XP. I was just wondering if Windows 7 was more elegant and be smaller if you avoid installing all the bloatware. (I'm pretty sure that it is smaller than Vista - from bad experiences !)

    Thanks
     
  6. FoxMcCloud macrumors 6502a

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    You can make it even smaller by switching off Page File, Hibernation and System Restore.
     
  7. Tombs macrumors regular

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    And?? :confused:
     
  8. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    And it's probably the smallest windows install possible.
     
  9. Renzatic Suspended

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    I found this guide that gives you step by step instructions on how to pare Win7 down to a 3GB install using Vlite. If you've got the time and patience to try it, this is your best bet.
     
  10. ibarnett macrumors regular

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    Try nLite (for Win XP) http://www.nliteos.com/index.html
    I haven't used it for a long time, but it worked a treat on the original Asus EeePC 700 series, which only had a 4Gb SSD.
    From memory you could get the install down to below 1Gb.
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  11. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Ditto to this. You can also get the Xable update pack and have all the updates installed during the installation.

    A couple big things that you can remove from the install using NLite: manual upgrade (there won't be SP4 anyway), most of the included drivers (keep the generic printer), search assistant, MSN Network Explorer, and the Tour.
     

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